At the end of 2006, the Bee Gees finally reissued their first three albums as deluxe expanded editions with mono, stereo versions and numerous outtakes. All that digging in the vaults must have produced this set of still unreleased songs.
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Outtakes 1967-1974 [no label, 1CD]
Sessions, demos, outtakes in perfect soundboard stereo/mono quality. Excellent.
Sibling rivalry got the better of the Gibbs when in 1969, the trio finally called it quits with Robin, at the time the group’s main singer, walking off in a huff that his song Lamplight was shafted to the b-side of their new single in favor of Barry’s First Of May.
But while lawsuits were flying, the group wasted no time recording new songs, Robin by himself and Barry with Maurice. This period was largely productive creating many songs that remain unreleased. Finally when the feud was over and Robin returned to the Bee Gees late in 1970, there was a very creative atmosphere. Songs flowed and turned into albums like 2 Years On (1970) and Trafalgar (1971).
This collection of outtakes covers mainly the years 1970 and 1971 with a couple of stray tracks. All of these originate from the IBC Studio in London where the brothers recorded. Here is a brief look at what’s on this collection.
1 Irresponsible, Unreliable, Indispensible Blues
2 Merrily Merry Eyes 
3 If I Were The Sky
4 Ellan Vannin (original harmony version, 1971)
Tks 1-4 recorded IBC Studios, London 1970-1971. All Trafalger outtakes.
Tk 4 is often mistaken for the name of a female. Ellan Vannin is Manx Gaelic for Isle Of Man where the Gibbs were born before moving to Manchester. This is the original harmony version and is an ode to their childhood days growing up on the island.
And in all my times of sorrow
And on some lonely shore
I’ll go back to Ellan Vannin
To my childhood days once more
In 1997, with Robin handling lead vocals, the song was recorded and released as a 1,000 quantity limited edition single for Isle of Man charities. This song is not to be mistaken for The Spinners’ Ellan Vannin which is about the tragedy of the steamer of the same name that sunk in a storm in 1909 losing all life on board.
5 Sir Geoffrey Saved The World - mono
6 Barker Of The UFO - mono
Tk 5 is the b-side of 1967’s World single. Tk 6 is the b-side of 1967’s Massachusetts. The above are rare mono versions. Both were recorded during the Horizontal album sessions in 1967. Stereo versions on Tales of The Gibb Brothers boxset.
7 Such A Shame
This track is from the 1968 UK Idea album, sung by Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney. This song does not appear on the U.S. edition of Idea.
8 We Can Lift A Mountain
Outtake, unreleased demo from London 1970. The brothers wrote songs for two films that would never be released. “I Can Lift A Mountain”, “Four Faces West” and “Treacle Brown” for the film “Pippi Longstocking” in 1968 while recording Idea. But later in 1970, they rerecorded the song as We Can Lift A Mountain but it was left off the Two Years On album in 1970.
9 Engines And Aeroplanes
Outtake from Robin’s unreleased album Sing Slowly Sisters 1970
10 Ring My Bell mono version
Outtake from Horizontal 1967
11 One Million Years
Unreleased true stereo mix.
“Robin was still making separate mono mixes, so the mono mix, or electronically channelled versions of it, appeared on a few collections until 1974 when a true stereo mix was made for Gotta Get a Message to You. That mix has a different or partially different lead vocal, most easily distinguished in the second verse with ‘I shall stand’ in mono but ‘I will stand’ in stereo.”
12 Jumbo (instrumental)
Jumbo was recorded during the Idea album sessions in 1968. The version on Tales Of The Gibb Brothers boxset has the full works - vocals, lead guitar; it is a different version, also no count in at the beginning.
13 Nobody’s Someone
Unreleased early mix.
14 Don’t Forget My Ida
Outtake from Two Years On 1970
15 God’s Good Grace
Outtake from Trafalger 1971
16 End Of My Song
17 Who Knows What A Room Is
18 Everytime I See You Smile
19 Give A Hand, Take A Hand
Tks 16-19 Cucumber Castle outtakes 1969
Cucumber Castle was recorded without Robin. Tk 19 (unreleased version) is an alternate take of the song found on Mr Natural 1974.
More info about the Bee Gees’ sessions at IBC can be found here
Of all the groups from the ’60s, the Bee Gees can probably claim to be the most prolific. This compilation is just the tip of their unreleased material from that famed era. It displays a different time for pop music when lyrics and melody triumphed over attitude. Hard work never did anybody harm. We’ve never heard these outtakes in such great quality before.
And a big thank you to Philip Cohen for his feedback and comments.
- Professor Red
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Track 01. Irresponsible, Unreliable, Indispensible Blues (4.9MB)
Track 02. Merrily Merry Eyes (8.2MB)
Track 03. If I Were The Sky (6.1MB)
Track 04. Ellan Vannin (original harmony version, 1971) (3.9MB)
Track 05. Sir Geoffrey Saved The World (mono) (5.0MB)
Track 06. Barker Of The UFO (mono) (4.5MB)
7. Such A Shame [found on the UK edition of Idea] [omitted]
Track 08. We Can Lift A Mountain (6.8MB)
Track 09. Engines And Aeroplanes (5.6MB)
Track 10. Ring My Bell (mono) (5.1MB)
Track 11. One Million Years (unreleased true stereo mix) (9.8MB)
Track 12. Jumbo - instrumental (5.6MB)
Track 13. Nobody’s Someone (unreleased early mix) (7.6MB)
Track 14. Don’t Forget My Ida (8.6MB)
Track 15. God’s Good Grace (7.7MB)
Track 16. End Of My Song - recorded October 15, 1969 (8.5MB)
Track 17. Who Knows What A Room Is (9.4MB)
Track 18. Everytime I See You Smile - recorded July 1969 (6.6MB)
Track 19. Give A Hand, Take A Hand (unreleased version) (8.6MB)
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